St. Benedict’s right arm pacie Geethal Fernando wrecked St. Joseph’s as he ended with impressive match bag figures of 14 for 70 to send the Josephians reeling to an innings and 27 run defeat in their Under-19 encounter concluded at Kotahena yesterday. Geethal dominated the proceedings on day one when he ended with a seven [...]

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka

Geethal’s 14 scalps send St. Joseph’s reeling


St. Benedict’s right arm pacie Geethal Fernando wrecked St. Joseph’s as he ended with impressive match bag figures of 14 for 70 to send the Josephians reeling to an innings and 27 run defeat in their Under-19 encounter concluded at Kotahena yesterday.
Geethal dominated the proceedings on day one when he ended with a seven wicket haul for just 16 runs to skittle out St. Joseph’s for a meager 39 runs while St Benedict’s ended the day on 114 for 6.

St.Sebastian’s batsman Praven Perera is about to get caught at short leg by Kamesh Nirmal off Dilip Jayalath of Ananda

St. Benedict’s resuming their innings made 200 for 7 declared.
St. Joseph’s batting the second time having to erase a deficit of 161 runs was again troubled by Geethal who took the top five wickets for Josephians to struggle on 63 for 5.

The Josephians never recovered from there on as a brief stand of 28 runs for the sixth between Jehan Daniel and Shevon Fonseka was the only consolation they had.  Joes played also played another match on the same day manning their second eleven team to take on Richmond in a schools’ tournament match at Darley Road.

St. Peter’s outclass Gurukula MV by innings
St. Peter’s outclassed Gurukula MV Kelaniya by an innings and 45 runs in the Singer Division One U19 pre-quarter final at Bambalapitiya
The win saw St. Peter’s along with St. Sebastian’s and Richmond advance to the quarter finals.

In the match played at Wijerama Mawatha St. Sebastian’s after their match was drawn against Ananda qualified as they accumulated more points while in the match concluded at Darley Road saw Richmond record a comfortable first inning win over a depleted St. Joseph’s side.

Kamindu steers Richmond
Sri Lanka youth player Kamindu Mendis came to the rescue of Richmond when he made a career best knock of 166 in 221 balls that included 15 boundaries and five sixes and was supported by Heshan Umendra who hit a half ton to steer Richmond against St Josep’s in the pre-quarter final encounter played at Darley Road.

The duo’s knock helped Richmond after being in a spot of bother on 145 for 7 in reply to the Josephian score o f 181 when play stopped on day one to end their innings making a formidable score of 290 which was sufficient for them to book a berth to the quarter-final.

Avishka Praveen shine
A fine knock of 130 by Sri Lanka youth player Avishka Fernando and a 96 by Praveen Perera who together put on a massive 212 runs stand for the second wicket saw St Sebastian’s resuming from their overnight score of 244 for 1 make a score of 326 for 7 declared against Ananda who ended day two on 137 for 3 in another pre-quarter final match of the same tournament played at Wijerama Mawatha.

At Kotahena:
St. Joseph’s 39 (Kevin Corteling 15: Geethal Fernando 7 for 16, Poorna Charuka 2 for 20) and 134 (Jehan Daniel 25, Sandaruwan Rodrigo 24, Malshan Rodrigo 19, Revon Kelly 16, Shevon Fonseka 15: Geethal Fernando 7 for 54, Madushan Kularatne 2 for 50)
St. Benedict’s (114/6 overnight) 200 for declared (Madushan Kularatne 24, Dinitha Basnayake 20, Shehan Fernando 61 n.o. Poorna Charuka 38 n.o.: Harin Cooray 3 for 30, Jehan Daniel 3 for 50)

At Darley Road:
St. Joseph’s 181 (Pahan Perera 62, Daniyo Dissanayake 35: Wanindu Hasaranga 4 for 39, Avindu Theekshana 3 for 38) and 108 for 3 (Preshan Abeysekera 40, Dario Dassanayake 27, Neran Gunatilleke 20 n.o.: Wanindu Hasaranga 2 for 26)
Richmond (145/7 overnight) 290 (Kamindu Mendis 166, Heshan Umendra 50: Pahan Perera 3 for 82, Kaveen Perera 3 for 83)

At Bambalapitiya:
St. Peter’s 296 for 9 declared (Manelka de Silva 87, Hashan Wanasekera 64, Lakshina Rodrigo 35: Sachintha Chamith 5 for 58)
Gurukula MV Kelaniya (22/1 overnight) 159 (Lasindu Arosha 45, Ashintha Malshan 38: Vinu Mohotti 3 for 35, Chathura Obeysekera 2 for 31, Sadesh Pathiranage 2 for 54) and 93 (Jayamal Wanniarachchi 38, Pruthuvi Rusara 23: Vinu Mohotti 4 for 35, Chathura Obeysekera 3 for 24)

At Wijerama Mawatha:
St. Sebastian’s (244/1 overnight) 327 for 6 declared (Avishka Fernando 130, Praveen Perera 96, Sandaruwan Fernando 30, Damien Debizer 22, Tharusha Fernando 29 n.o.: Sammu Ashan 3 for 92)
Ananda 137 for 3 (Nisal Fransisco 60, Sammu Ashan 56: Praveen Jayawickrama 2 for 33)

At Kurunegala:
Sri Dharmaloka MV Kelaniya 201 (Risith Upamal 35, Vishwa Prasajith 35, Imesh Rashmitha 34: Ravishka Lakshan 5 for 59, Hiruna Chathumina 3 for 66) and 120 for 4 (Tharindu Madusanka 19, Risith Upamal 78 n.o.: Hiruna Chathumina 2 for 34)
Kalutara MV (47/3 overnight) 139 (Duleep Nimhan 23, Ashen Fonseka 23, Dilshan Lakshitha 41 n.o.: Thivanka Kekulawala 2 for 29)

Honours for STC
By Aubrey Kuruppu
With the Big Match looming, the Thomians sent out an early warning of their batting power to the Blue and Gold boys by reaching 303-9 in response to Trinity’s 297 at Asgiriya. Dilendra Gunathilleke, with 105 anchored the innings.
It was a knock where concentration and skills stood out. He included 16 fours and two sixes in his hundred. Yohan Mendis, who made 77, had a 130-run liaison with Gunathilleke for the fourth wicket. This was a classis instance of the first day’s hunter being hunted on the second. Trinity’s pair of spinners – Duvindu Tillekaratne and Raveen Sayer – was forced to come off second best.
Trinity 297 all out in 79.3 overs (Nushan Weerasinghe 38, Sanogeeth Shanmuganathan 45, Sachira Gaminda 43, Hasitha Boyagoda 91, Raveen Sayer 43, Sachitha Jayathilleka 5 for 61, Kanishka Perera 2 for 42) and 82 for 2 wickets in 13 overs (Sanogeeth Shanmuganathan 36, Dilan Jayalath 22n.o, Nushan Weerasinghe 21, Ravindu Tillekeratne 2 for 20)
S. Thomas’ (27-0 overnight) 303 for 9 declared in 88.4 overs (Ravindra Kodituwakku 40, Yohan Mendis 77, Dilendra Gunathilleke 105, Sachitha Jayathilleka 14, Sithara Hapuhinna 38)

SACK through
There was high drama at Katugastota as the Antonians capped a grueling fight-back with a 7-wicket win over Sri Sumangala Panadura. In reply to the 300-3 made by the visitors, the Antonians could only make 213.

But they came back very strongly to roll over the Panadura lads for a mere 78. Sandaruwan Dharmaratne scalped five once again, for a match bag of eight. Chasing 169 in a session, the home team got to the target with ease. Lakjeeva Wijebandara led the way with 36. Mohamed Alfer, another success story, hit 56 while allrounder Kavindu Yapa Bandara scored an unbeaten 41.

Antonians had to win to stay course for promotion to Division One. Gloom and doom at noon, joy and happiness four hours later!
Sri Sumangala Panadura 303 all out in 77.2 overs (Harith Lakshan 69, Nipun Heshan 92, Vishwa Yasas 34, Punitha Sarachchandra 25, Sandaruwan Dharmaratne 3 for 129, Mohamed Alfer 2 for 18, Rumesh Premaratne 2 for 40) and 78 all out (Punitha Sarachchandra 21, Sandaruwan Dharmaratne 5 for 26, Dion Stouter 3 for 30, Kanvindu Yapa 2 for 1)

St. Anthony’s Katugastota (68-2 overnight) 213 all out in 48.5 overs (Lakjeeva Wijebandara 59, Theeksha Gunasinghe 26, Sateesh Wickremarachchi 27, Mohamed Alfer 20, Rumesh Premaratne 18, Lahiru Vimukthi 6 for 61, Kumudu Sandaruwan 2 for 67) and 171 for 3 wickets (Lakjeeva Wijebandara 36, Mohamed Alfer 56, Kavindu Yapa 41n.o., Dion Stouter 15n.o., Lahiru Vimukthi 2 for 67)

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